Asarco Smelter - Ruston
- Kevin Rochlin (email@example.com), Project Manager,
The Asarco Smelter site is located in Ruston, Washington. It is part of the Commencement Bay/Nearshore Tideflats Superfund Site.
Since 1993 properties in the North Tacoma area have been tested for arsenic and lead contamination from the Asarco smelter. You can search for sampling results and cleanup records for properties in the EPA Ruston and North Tacoma Study Area. Information on additional cleanup by the Washington Department of Ecology will be added to this database as the work is completed.
The Area-wide Remediation Environmental Information System (AREIS) Database is a joint project with Washington Department of Ecology and EPA, with help from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department.
Remediation Information Center in Ruston
The EPA Remediation Information Center (formerly Asarco Information Center), provides information on the residential sampling and cleanup of properties in the Ruston and North Tacoma Study Area Zones. If you are a resident in this area and would like to know the status of your property, please call the Remediation Information Center at 253-759-3332.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 5pm, or by appointment.
The Remediation Information Center can provide the following information:
If you receive paperwork from the Remediation Information Center about your property, you should keep this information and provide it to new buyers in the event of a sale.
- Results of yard sampling
- Date your property was cleaned up
- Results of re-sampling after cleanup
- Whether you are on the list to have your property sampled
- Whether your home is scheduled for sampling and/or remediation this year
Key Technical Documents
Photos and Maps
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Construction of landfill liner:
Other Asarco photos:
Boundary of the Ruston/North Tacoma Study Area.
Smelter parking lot